What You Can Do
Currently, there are several initiatives and programs across Canada offered by non-profits, recreation centres and like-minded organizations which provide Canadian youth with opportunities to experience the outdoors in some fashion. Some offer adventures, camps, skills training and/or programs to get Canadians outside, but none offer comprehensive programming facilitated by a single organization, delivered across the nation, at an affordable fee structure, and for diverse skill levels and interests.
Our highest priority is to ensure safe, responsible access for all who desire to experience Canada’s wild and wonderful places. And we know that currently, there are barriers to growth, meeting the diverse needs and interests of our members and attracting the next generation of enthusiasts. Building on our history, accomplishments and deep commitment to protecting the environment, the ACC has bold plans to grow our membership, enhance and increase our offerings for all Canadians who want to experience, explore and lead the way in preserving our mountain spaces. The bedrock of the ACC has always been its people – our members, staff and partners as well as our volunteers, who demonstrate their commitment to the Club in a mountain of ways.
Developed in response to our member feedback and in support of our national strategy, our donor investment priorities are as follows:
1. People & Place: national Clubhouse expansiona and renovation
The bedrock of the ACC has always been its people – our members, staff and partners as well as our volunteers, who demonstrate their commitment to the Club in a mountain of ways. The national Clubhouse in Canmore, Alberta, is the physical embodiment of this spirit. It has the potential to be a magnetic focal point for mountain culture, partner collaboration, study and research, workshops, field trips, events and more.
Now 40 years old our national clubhouse is desperately in need of expansion and renovation to support our growing team and membership as well as the diverse interests our guests. This flagship building, our national epicentre, will be a gathering place where all are welcome and drawn to share ideas, learning and culture. Donate today.
2. Rustic Retreats: Comprehensive hut system expansion
Working in partnership with the Canadian parks systems, we aspire to add a minimum of three more well-maintained and environmentally sensitive huts to our network. Supporting the diverse skill sets of our members, and catering to the next generation of enthusiast, the huts will provide a home base for adventure in the backcountry, safe shelter from the elements, and a warm space for guests to share the day’s adventures with companions. Donate today.
3. Inspiring Adventures: Camps, courses and adventures that ensure the next generation of ACC members
New adventures will address diverse needs, build skills in the safe, responsible exploration of natural spaces, create more outstanding leaders and provide a forum for community. Donate today.
4. Preserving Our Playground: An increased commitment to environmental preservation and stewardship that provides responsible access to those that venture into our wild, natural places. Donate today.
5. Sharing Our Stories: Expanding our reach through an increased dedication to keeping the mountain story strong and accessible to all by producing inspiring words and stunning images, film and art. Donate today.